Version 1.0.3 Now Available

First of all, thank you everyone for all of the support and amazing feedback! This is exactly what we needed. A great community of people who are willing to take the extra time to tell us what they need.

LifterLMS version 1.0.3 was released today. If you have the plugin installed and activated you can now install the update. There are some minor and major changes in this version.

Sidebar Support

From the forums we got a lot of requests to add sidebar functionality. We listened. In the updated version you will find that Courses and Lessons now support sidebars. We will be rolling out custom course and lesson sidebar widgets in future releases.

Better Template Support

Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback on how LifterLMS integrated into their themes. Version 1.0.3 has a major theme overhaul and now supports ALL well coded WordPress themes. We sent LifterLMS through the ringer this past week in an effort to provide maximum theme support. We are proud to say that as of version 1.0.3 LifterLMS looks great on every theme we threw at it.

Theme Recommendations

We have received a lot of questions regarding theme recommendations. We decided to take on the task of trying out a number of themes so we can give out some recommendations.

First, a word about themes. When searching for a theme what you should really be looking for is something that matches the look and feel you want. Worrying about whether or not LifterLMS is going to be compatible or look good on the theme without major development work shouldn’t be your concern. We are striving for maximum theme support but there will always be a few themes out there that just don’t like LifterLMS. If you do encounter one of these themes, please tell us in our forums so we can learn how to make LifterLMS even more compatible.

Learning Management Themes such as Academy or WPLMS are never going to work with LifterLMS. That’s ok. Academy and WPLMS are themes with similar functionality built into them. They are single purpose themes and are not designed to work with plugins such as LifterLMS.

The Recommendation List:

Ok, here it is. This is not an exhaustive list or a “best of” list. The themes below have been tested on LifterLMS and we think they look great with little to no tweaking.

Free Themes


screenshot-2Make is amazing. It’s a drag and drop page builder. Make has flexible customization features and a powerful drag and drop page builder make designing your site simple. Make and LifterLMS look great together without making any changes but the full feature page builder gives you a lot of options for customization.



screenshot-1Responsive has been around for a long time. It’s a great free theme that gives you a simple canvas that is proven to look great on all devices. It does not have quite the feature list of Make or Moesia but it’s a great starter theme if you plan on doing your own design.



wootique-958x719If you plan on using WooCommerce to sell your courses or memberships Wootique is a free theme available from WooThemes that has built in support for WooCommerce.


Paid Themes

Lifterlms-Launchpad (2)LifterLMS LaunchPad

The team who makes and continues to improve the LifterLMS plugin is the same team behind the LifterLMS LaunchPad theme. It enables you to modify the design, layout and typography of your online courses website. If you wand a highly customizable theme, LifterLMS LaunchPad is definitely for you.

Courses – LifterLMS LaunchPad LMS Theme Demo


Michigan Learning Suite

Michigan_Learning_Suite_-_All-in-one_Education_WordPress_Theme_-_WordPressMichigan Learning Suite is a powerful Learning Management System for WordPress. It is an e-learning and education WordPress theme which is made for a LMS, Training Center, College, Academy, University, Primary School, High school and Kindergarten with the ability to create and sell courses. This is a theme made by Webnus, and it is designed to integrate with LifterLMS.



Anything Genesis. 

imgresIt’s no mystery why we love the Genesis framework. It’s amazing. Genesis is a well built framework. The Genesis marketplace offers a theme for everyone. We highly recommend that if you want a theme that has a solid foundation and will work well with nearly everything get Genesis.

Open Source Genesis Framework


Canvas-Homepage-958x695WooCanvas is amazing. It’s especially amazing if you plan on using WooCommerce. Canvas offers everything you need for site layout configurations. I have seen large sites go live with 0 custom development using this theme.


imgres-1Avada is available on ThemeForest. It’s boasts to be the #1 selling WordPress theme. It looks great, has a kitchen sink of features and works perfectly with LifterLMS.


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18 thoughts on “Version 1.0.3 Now Available”

  1. This is exactly what I needed to see to convince me! I am very impressed with what i have seen of the LifterLMS plugin so far. But what i really impresses me is your interaction and responsiveness to your LMS community. I hope this continues as you continue to grow. In the meantime, I will be purchasing my copy of LifterLMS.

    1. Thanks for the kind words and your trust Alex. We talk a lot about engagement in our LMS product features, but it’s also part of our values as a company. We are listening. Though we know we can’t please 100% of people 100% of the time, we work hard to take engagement seriously in our approach to business 🙂

  2. Has anyone used LifterLMS with Divi? Or was Divi on the test list? I’d love to know how it works with it. That’s the theme I currently use and would like to use it for my courses also.

    Additionally, does the LifterLMS plugin require a separate subdomain? Or can it be installed right into the site for my business/blog? Thanks for sharing your thoughts/advice.

    1. We have not tested Divi ourselves, but I anticipate that it would work well. The Divi theme with all the page builder functionality and shortcodes make it a little difficult to quickly change the theme down the road. But lifterLMS should work with it. I don’t know of an example that someone else has built on it yet. If I find one, I’ll add to the thread here.

  3. Claudia Marcela Macias

    We use DIVI and would love to get it to work with it. Any chance this may happen in the near future?

    1. That would be great, wouldn’t it? More than half of my clients’ sites are built with Divi, and it would be good to know that LifterLMS is compatible with it.

        1. Good question. I have one client who uses Lifter and she does not use the Divi theme, but I have many whose sites I have designed with Divi. It would be good to know if the new version of Lifter is compatible with it so I would have that information in hand in case a new client wants to use it, or in the event that an existing client with a Divi-built site wants to use Lifter. Divi is a very widely used theme, so it’s hard to say why there isn’t more followup on Claudia’s comment, but it did sound like she has tried to implement Lifter on Divi site(s) without the success she hoped for. I’m sure all of us who develop with Divi would like to see it on the rec list above so we know the Lifter developers have analyzed and found the two products to be fully compatible.

    1. That’s a good question to post in the VIP Facebook group. Just sent you an invite.

  4. My website load extremely heavy because Michigan theme (compatible with lifterLms).
    My 3 developers do recommend me to abandon the Michigan theme.
    LifterLms please recommend me a theme that loads quickly.

  5. My website load extremely heavy because Michigan theme (compatible with lifterLms).
    LifterLms please recommend me a theme that loads quickly.
    and 🙁 please do not delete my comment or delete but answer me in email
    Please help me to solve with Michigan or another theme.
    Thank you!

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